World Economic Outlook Data Viz (Mini)Hackathon

May 9, 2018 · Washington, United States of America

IMPORTANT: You must register using this link to be given a IMF security pass. Your RSVP on the meetup site will now allow you inside the IMF.

PRE-HACK announcement: We are glad to have DataKind DC as a partner in this event, and they will host a pre-hack where we will release a *very similar* dataset to the one that will be used on hackathon day. More info here:

“The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data” – The Economist

What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is an event where individuals and/or teams collaborate and compete against each other to solve a defined problem in a very short timeframe. Contrary to popular culture, hackathons are NOT limited to coders and computer geeks; it is a venue where diverse minds meet to creatively “hack” an idea and find solutions.

What are we hacking?
The World Economic Outlook (WEO) is one of the IMF’s Flagship reports. It is published twice a year, and it presents IMF staff economists’ analyses of global economic developments during the near and medium term. The WEO database is created during this biannual exercise.

In this mini-hack, your task is to “think like a macroeconomist” and test your data analytics and viz skills using data from the World Economic Outlook.

Within three hours, you will develop cool, interesting, and insightful visualizations of the IMF WEO’s GDP projections (hint: forecast errors, and more!). You will be mentored, and will receive feedback from IMF staff. The challenge, and the dataset, will be revealed to participants on the morning of the hack (May 9th, 9:30 am).

The rules
Participants can compete individually or as a team (no more than 3/team). You will be asked to register yourself/ your team at the venue. Participants are free to use any data viz platform of their choice.

Fee: None.

The prizes
Trophies and certificates for the winners (Most creative, Fastest finisher, and Audience choice)
All participants receive a hackathon t-shirt

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
International Monetary Fund
Cedar Hall, HQ1-660

2:00 pm Introduce the challenge (by IMF Research Department)
2:30-4:30 pm Hack time!
4:30-5:00 pm Presentations
5:00-5:30 pm Talk on Data Viz by the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department
(while judges deliberate on the winners)
5:30-6:00 pm Awarding ceremonies
6:30 pm DVDC meetup on Visualizations that Rock: Effective Communication with Data (

The International Monetary Fund has a strict security policy. It is mandatory for all meetup participants to present a form of identification and to undergo security screening. And kindly allot enough time for security checks into the building.

Event organizers
  • Data Visualization DC

    Data Visualization DC is a non-profit professional group that meets monthly to discuss data visualization, data communication, infographics, exploratory data analysis, charts and graphs, perceptual psychology, and more! Our members are data journalists, data scientists, business intelligence professionals, and others who tell stories and persuade with data. Meeting topics are varied and range from tutorials on basic concepts and their applications, to success stories from local practitioners, to discussion

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